Sydney's Best Oceanfront Wedding Venues
Oceanfront Wedding Venues in Sydney
Sydney has the largest choice of oceanfront wedding venues in Australia. Bursting with picturesque beaches, harbour bays and stunning oceanfront cliffs, the harbour city is one of the world's best destinations for beach weddings. From ceremonies on the sand to beachfront receptions, these are the best oceanfront wedding venues in Sydney.
- CAPACITY: 30 sit down, 200 cocktail
- LOCATION: Beach Road, Palm Beach, NSW 2108
- BUDGET: Wedding packages from $195/pp include food, drinks & flowers
The Boathouse at Palm Beach is an absolute oceanfront wedding venue on Sydney's Northern Beaches. The location enjoys uninterrupted views across the Pittwater Basin with a regular flow of slow boat life to watch on the water.
Wedding venues include an outdoor deck with adjoining wharf that caters for sit down wedding receptions for up to 30 guests or larger cocktail weddings for up to 200. Ceremonies can be held on the deck or one of many local parks & beaches and The Boathouse Group offer ceremony styling & bar packages from $3,000.
- CAPACITY: 18 - 60
- LOCATION: Moore Road, Freshwater, NSW 2096
- BUDGET: All inclusive wedding packages from $215/pp
Located on Sydney's northern beaches, Pilu is a Sardinian restaurant that offers an oceanfront setting for wedding ceremonies & receptions. Wedding venues include the beachfront garden and a choice of 3 private dining rooms that cater for sit down & cocktail weddings up to 18, 28 & 60 guests.
Flexible wedding packages provide catering from $135/pp and beverage packages from $80/pp. All packages include Pilu's dedicated wedding coordinator.
- CAPACITY: 200
- LOCATION: 1 Marine Parade, Manly, NSW 2095
- BUDGET: Wedding packages from $195/pp include food, beverages & flowers
A short walk along the foreshore from Manly is The Boathouse at Shelly Beach - a popular diving spot in Sydney. A favourite locals hangout, this cocktail bar and restaurant offers a quieter beachfront location for wedding ceremonies & receptions literally 2 steps from the sand.
Wedding venues include a private upstairs space with a birds eye view of the beach. This space caters for sit down & cocktail weddings for up to 60 or 120 guests respectively. Downstairs is a larger reception venue that can seat 80 or host stand up weddings for 200. Minimum venue hire from $4,000.
- CAPACITY: 150
- LOCATION: 55 North Steyne, Manly, NSW 2095
- BUDGET: Wedding packages from $5,000
Beachside Dojo is a Hampton's style wedding venue that offers oceanfront wedding ceremonies and receptions overlooking Sydney's iconic Manly Beach. Located 2 stories up from the beach, this venue provides a coastal oasis away from the sand.
Wedding venues include 3 private dining rooms that cater for intimate wedding receptions of 20 - 80 guests.
- CAPACITY: 48 - 122
- LOCATION: 69 Bynya Road, Whale Beach, NSW 2107
- BUDGET: 3 wedding packages from $135 - $220/pp + drinks from $125 - $480/pp
Jonah's is an award winning restaurant, hotel and oceanfront wedding venue with an intimate cliff top garden for ceremonies overlooking Whale Beach. Wedding packages cater for small weddings of up to 48 guests, or exclusive venue hire is available for weddings of up to 122 guests. There are eleven ocean retreat rooms for guest accommodation.
Choose from a sit down menu, cocktail wedding or degustation wedding package. Additional options include an oyster bar, interactive seafood station and premium drinks. Min 80 guests.
- CAPACITY: 180 seated, 250 cocktail
- LOCATION: 79 Parriwi Road, Mosman, NSW 2088
- BUDGET: All inclusive wedding packages from $120/pp
Adjacent to Sydney's iconic Spit Bridge, Orso Bayside is an oceanfront wedding venue located directly on the beach. This Middle Harbour venue is a popular location for Jewish weddings and provides Kosher catering.
Wedding venues include the indoor reception space, outdoor deck and adjoining wharf. Arrive by boat!
- CAPACITY: 150
- LOCATION: East Esplanade, Manly, NSW 2095
- BUDGET: Venue hire from $750 + catering & drinks from $190/pp
The Manly Cove sailing club is located on the ocean's edge only a few minutes walk from Sydney's iconic Manly Wharf. The private Skiff Deck at the rear of the venue offers the ideal spot for a sand-free beachfront ceremony and the Harbour View Room is a reception venue with ocean views.
Wedding packages are available for cocktail or sit down receptions with food options from $120/pp & drinks from $70/pp. Expect stunning views of Sydney Harbour and captivating sunsets.
- CAPACITY: 140 seated, 200 cocktail
- LOCATION: Jennifer Street, Little Bay, NSW 2036
- BUDGET: Wedding packages start at $102/pp
Located 20 minutes from Sydney, St Michael's Golf Course and function centre is an affordable wedding venue with 180 degree uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. Wedding venues include a choice of ceremony & photo locations on the golf course & ocean's edge. Ceremony packages start at $850. And with all-inclusive packages from $102/pp, the golf club's Tasman Room is one of the cheapest wedding venues in Sydney.
- CAPACITY: 20 - 110
- LOCATION: 2A The Esplanade, Mosman, NSW 2088
- BUDGET: Wedding packages range from $125 - $140 per person
Public Dining Room is a casual fine dining restaurant and oceanfront wedding venue on Balmoral Beach. The terrace is the perfect location for a sand-free beach wedding and photos can be taken at the iconic Balmoral Baths just a short walk away. Small wedding receptions are catered for in a private dining room and the restaurant caters for larger receptions of up to 110.
- CAPACITY: 130 seated, 200 cocktail
- LOCATION: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW 2088
- BUDGET: All-inclusive wedding packages from $105/pp
Athol Hall is a beautifully restored heritage venue within Sydney Harbour National Park. The stunning location offers sweeping views of Sydney Harbour including the bridge and the expansive lawns are ideal for oceanfront ceremonies and outdoor cocktail receptions. The hall itself offers a blank canvas for wedding receptions and the property has it's own private beach, which is an ideal location for wedding photos.
- CAPACITY: 100 seated, 170 cocktail
- LOCATION: 4 The Esplanade, Mosman, NSW 2088
- BUDGET: All-inclusive wedding packages from $150 per person
The Bathers' Pavilion offers a private function room and terrace for wedding receptions with a Mediterranean feel. The oceanfront venue features a blank canvas, heritage architecture and stunning views of Sydney Harbour.
All-inclusive cocktail reception packages start at $150/pp and sit down receptions from $175/pp. Ceremonies are usually held at the beach or local park.
- CAPACITY: 150 seated, 200 cocktail
- LOCATION: 227 Whale Beach Road, Whale Beach, NSW 2107
- BUDGET: Wedding packages from $195 per head
Moby Dicks is a spectacular coastal wedding venue with 180 degree ocean views over Whale Beach. Sit-down + canape style wedding reception packages are available, plus a ceremony styling and bar package is available for wedding ceremonies located anywhere between Palm Beach and Mosman.
- CAPACITY: 150
- LOCATION: 81 Beach Drive, Killcare, NSW 2257
- BUDGET: Venue hire from $1,000
Killcare Surf Club is one of the most affordable oceanfront wedding venues in Sydney. Have your ceremony on the sand at Killcare Beach followed by a wedding reception in the surf club. A large balcony provides a stunning location to enjoy post wedding drinks with panoramic ocean views. A BYO & DIY wedding location with a commercial grade kitchen onsite.
- CAPACITY: 104
- LOCATION: 39 Campbell Parade, North Bondi, NSW 2026
- BUDGET: Mid range all-inclusive wedding packages
Rocker is a casual European cafe, restaurant, bar and wedding venue at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach. The airy atmosphere is the ideal setting for coastal wedding receptions in a locals style venue. Expect a relaxed atmosphere, fresh seafood, a warm breeze and ocean views.
- CAPACITY: 100 sit down, 150-250 cocktail
- LOCATION: Donnellan Circuit, Clovelly, NSW 2031
- BUDGET: Room hire from $1,200 + food & beverage from $125/pp
Clovelly Surf Club is a wedding ceremony and reception venue with panoramic ocean views. The indoor and adjoining outdoor spaces provide an all-in-one setting for oceanfront weddings, and a marquee can be pitched over the back deck to extended the indoor space to cater for 250 guests.
Wedding packages from $125 include a 5 hour food & beverage service. Ask about paella packages.
Beachfront Wedding Locations in Sydney
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beachfront wedding venues in Sydney, with many of the city’s beach suburbs providing event spaces with views of the ocean. From coastal venues that look straight out to sea, to locations with port side and harbour views, Sydney offers a great variety of world class seaside wedding venues to choose from.
Want to have an oceanfront wedding in Sydney but not sure where? Here's a guide to beachfront wedding locations in Sydney.
Manly Beach Weddings
The world famous Manly Beach with its 3km stretch of perfect golden sand is one of the most popular destinations for oceanfront weddings in Sydney. Situated on the Northern Beaches, Manly is easily accessible by public transport on regular buses and ferries, and there are plenty of places for wedding guests to stay, from large oceanfront hotels to smaller Airbnb accommodation.
In addition to wedding venues, there's a wonderful choice of award winning cafes, restaurants and bars that line the Manly beachfront. There's also weekend markets on the concourse and plenty of shops to browse in to keep guests entertained between the wedding ceremony and reception. Manly Beach is also a wonderful place to simply sit and spectate the goings on on the seaside boulevard. If you're having your ceremony or photos on Manly Beach itself, expect to have the attention of interested tourists and locals watching on.
Reception venues in Manly include gorgeous light-filled spaces with floor to ceiling glass windows that enjoy uninterrupted ocean views. Wedding ceremonies can be held on Manly beach or on the balcony at your reception venue overlooking the palm trees and sand.
If you're looking for a wedding location where the pace is slightly slower, a short coastal walk from Manly will take you to where the locals enjoy happy hour cocktails in the sun on Shelly Beach. There's only one wedding venue on this beach, and it offers a private ceremony and reception space upstairs with views over the beach and ocean. Wedding guests will enjoy watching a regular flow of snorkelers and divers emerging up the beach, as this is one of Sydney's most popular diving spots.
Palm Beach Weddings
Another favourite wedding location on the Northern Beaches is the idyllic Palm Beach, commonly known in Sydney as the place TV show Home and Away is filmed. Situated at the end of the Northern Beaches peninsula, Palm Beach offers the best of both worlds with open ocean on one side and the sheltered and picturesque Pittwater Basin on the other.
Palm Beach wedding venues enjoy stunning ocean views and are some of the most spectacular outdoor venues in Sydney. On the Pittwater side, the coming and going of boats provide plenty to watch while sipping cocktails in the sun. Wedding venues in Palm Beach primarily offer all-inclusive packages with 5 star menus and award winning wines.
Weddings on the Northern Beaches
On the 30km stretch of ocean between Manly and Palm Beach are several wedding venues with spectacular ocean views. Long Reef, Mona Vale, Avalon and Whale Beach are popular wedding locations and oceanfront venues here range from luxury cliff top eateries to function spaces at picturesque golf clubs.
Most reception venues on the Northern Beaches also provide a location for wedding ceremonies with an ocean backdrop. Garden venues and outdoor decks provide an alternative to beach weddings and the area has plenty of beautiful parks and open green spaces for oceanfront ceremonies.
Sydney Harbour Weddings
There are lots of waterfront wedding venues on Sydney Harbour, some which come with their own private beaches. While not technically ocean-front venues, if you’re wanting a waterfront wedding in a picturesque location with a beach, boats and harbour view, these venues certainly tick the boxes.
Sydney Harbour venues range from foodie places and hatted restaurants to function centres, amusement parks and private hotels. Some waterfront venues offer views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House and you can also hire a private charter boat and get married on the harbour itself.
Popular wedding locations on Sydney Harbour include The Rocks, Lavender Bay, Vaucluse, Darling Point, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Woolloomooloo and Watsons Bay. In peak wedding season you'll find limousines queued for parking at Hicksons Road Reserve as a conga line of just-married couples vie for photography spots on the harbour foreshore. If you want iconic wedding photos in front of the Opera House & Sydney Harbour Bridge, consider getting married during the week on a Monday to Thursday. Aside from avoiding the weekend crowds you'll also save on your wedding budget as package prices at Sydney venues are always cheaper during the week.
Darling Harbour Weddings
Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay are a tourist precinct in the centre of Sydney with a constant lively buzz and atmosphere. Sea Life Sydney, Wildlife Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds draw crowds to the wharf here, and there is a row of waterfront restaurants and wedding venues that line the foreshore.
Darling Harbour is within walking distance to Town Hall train station and buses and ferries depart regularly making transport easy for wedding guests. Darling Harbour also has plenty of accommodation available for guests with major hotels located in the area and city hotels just a short walk away.
Bondi Beach Weddings
Both Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs are popular oceanfront wedding locations with several surprisingly affordable venues. Clovelly Surf Club for example, is a spectacular beachfront venue for weddings of up to 250 guests and offers wonderful opportunities for a variety of coastal wedding photos.
Bondi Beach is one of the most visited places in Sydney, so if you're looking for a lively and happening location to get married, Bondi is an ideal spot. Wedding venues include funky eateries, dedicated wedding and event venues, pubs, hotels and cafes. The backstreets offer unique places to have wedding photos, as do the seaside cliffs, beach and coastal boardwalks to neighbouring beaches.
South Sydney Weddings
South of Sydney offers a slightly more affordable selection of wedding venues, with Botany Bay and La Perouse the best choice for ocean views. St Michael’s Golf Club at nearby Little Bay is a popular wedding venue with locals, and the venue's golf carts provide a fun means of transport to awe inspiring cliff tops overlooking the South Pacific Ocean.